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Sneak peek >> Summer 2014 Issue

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#COMINGSOON Four Ursuline students spent their spring break volunteering with H.E.L.P. Malawi. Read about their experience in the upcoming Spring 2014 issue of VOICES Magazine.

H.E.L.P. Malawi journey: last day

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Final thoughts from the H.E.L.P. Malawi Ursuline College team: Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer, Rhianna McChesney, Taylor Bruno, Maggie Stark and Molly Sabolsky.

Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer. As I sit in the Dulles Airport waiting for our final flight back to Cleveland, I can’t imagine a better trip with Maggie, Molly, Rhianna, Taylor and the entire H.E.L.P. Malawi team. It may have been my third trip, but each visit gets better and better with new and exciting experiences. I was able to visit the local secondary school this time where I saw the four students, Felia, Mary, Ramek and Stand, who we taught sewing to on our first trip in 2011. Such a special moment to reconnect with them! H.E.L.P. and Ursuline have such an important mission to educate and I am so proud to be a part of both organizations.

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H.E.L.P. Malawi journey: day four

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by Rhianna McChesney, Education & English Student

In today’s words of Mr. Wells Sikala, HELP’s Country Director, “Lose nothing, gain more.”

Wells spoke these little words of wisdom after he honked our truck’s horn to alert anyone who might have been walking around a particularly sharp bend in the long, narrow, maize-lined, bumpy and winding dirt road on our way to Mlambe Junior Primary School. Wells lost nothing by honking his horn like a mad man when the gain meant potentially saving someone’s life. Something about Malawi makes it easy to adopt this kind of optimistic mindset.

At Mlambe, one of Nanthomba’s local sister schools, we distributed more drawstring bags and water bottles from IFAW. Before passing out the gifts, everyone exchanged introductions with the area chiefs. It was an honor to meet the people who lead the community here. When it was time to leave, the students crowded around us. Touching their hands outreached in gratitude as we inched our way to the trucks made my heart swell with the joy of everything I have gained so far from this trip. Lose nothing, gain more.

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H.E.L.P. Malawi journey: day three

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by Maggie Stark, Art Student

Day three of sewing!

Today started fabulously with our first African Safari! Guess who saw elephants? Oh yes, this girl! Along with two families of elephants, we saw kudu (like African deer), baboons, wort hogs (yes, Pumba!), water buck, impala, vervet monkeys and a buffalo. It is the rainy season here, which means the foliage is super lush. It was quite the treat to see all that we did.

After the wild safari, we took our tin boat across the Shire river to the trucks located within the park. We all piled in the Land Cruzer heading toward Nanthomba Primary School for our after school sewing session. We passed by students on the road, and they started to sprint in excitement after us.

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Maggie Stark

Q&A with the H.E.L.P. Malawi Team: Maggie Stark

Maggie Stark is a senior Studio Art major and work-study student with the Marketing Department.

What inspired you to go on the H.E.L.P. trip?
I was inspired to visit Malawi after building the huts in the Wasmer Gallery for the H.E.L.P. Exhibit last February. After hearing about the organization’s mission & seeing all the great work Ursuline did while in Africa, I was determined to have an opportunity in Malawi as well.

What do you hope to gain from the experience?
While in Malawi, I really hope to take in the African culture, values, and way of living. I’d like to experience two weeks, living and working like the Malawians do every single day. I believe this will truly be an impactful experience.

What do you hope to gain from the experience?
I’m really excited to meet all the children we are sewing uniforms for! I’ve seen so many photos, but seeing them in person will surely steal my heart.

Thinking about Ursuline’s motto, Values, Voice & Vision, how will it represent you on the journey?
This trip will give me a vision into a third-world country, use my voice to speak about what I have experienced, & ultimately practice my value for helping others.

What’s your favorite African animal?
African Elephant!

What are 3 words that come to mind when you think about Africa?
Kids, Water, & Elephants

Maggie Stark

Maggie Stark

Taylor Bruno

Q&A with the H.E.L.P. Malawi Team: Taylor Bruno

Taylor Bruno is a Psychology major set to graduate in 2016.

What inspired you to go on the H.E.L.P. trip?
Maggie (Stark) gave me information about the trip in the spring of last year and I’ve been so excited ever since!

What do you hope to gain from the experience?
I hope to gain insight of what its like to live in another country and to appreciate everything I have at home. I also hope to learn from the children and capture the beauty of Malawi.

What are you most excited about?
To see the elephants, monkeys and hopefully a lion. To help the children so they can have a successful future, to gain a new perspective and to see the African sunrise and sunset!

Thinking about Ursuline’s motto, Values, Voice & Vision, how will it represent you on the journey?
I will present my values by working hard to help those in need and having a positive attitude throughout the entire journey. I will present my voice by sharing things with the children in the village and trying to teach them new things. I will gain a new vision of what it is like to live in a completely different area and culture.

What’s your favorite African animal?
All of them!

What are 3 words that come to mind when you think about Africa?
Elephants. Monkeys. Safari.

Taylor Bruno

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Q&A with the H.E.L.P. Malawi Team: Molly Sabolsky

Molly Sabolsky is a senior nursing major and volleyball player at Ursuline College. 

What inspired you to go on the H.E.L.P. trip?
It was kind of by chance that I got included on the planning for this trip, but my freshmen year I had heard about the trip and thought it was only for fashion majors. I was so jealous because it sounded like such an awesome opportunity!

What do you hope to gain from the experience?
I hope to have an eye opening expereince that will make me more knowledgable of a different culture. I also hope to have fun and just make some great memories.

What are you most excited about?
I am most excited for meeting the kids in Malawi and teaching them a skill that will allow them help themselves, but also their community!
Thinking about Ursuline’s motto, Values, Voice & Vision, how will it represent you on the journey?
I feel that by going on this trip I will be able to take who I am as a person and the core values of Ursuline  that I embody as I interact with the people there and make a positive impact on their lives.
What’s your favorite African animal?
AN ELEPHANT! It has aways been on my bucket list to ride an elephant in Thailand…I obviously wont be in Thailand and I probably won’t get to ride one But, if I get to see one while I am there I will be so excited!
What are 3 words that come to mind when you think about Africa?
Service. Eye opening. Memorable.
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Sewing for Malawi: Ursuline Students to HELP Out

H.E.L.P. (Hope, Educate, Love and Protect) is an organization dedicated to sustainable primary education in impoverished African regions. The organization believes it is every child’s birthright to receive hope for a better future, education to grow, unconditional love and protection from disease and illness. In March 2014, Ursuline College will send 4 students and a staff member to Nanthomba Primary School to continue an established sewing partnership with H.E.L.P. that began in 2010.

The travelers include students Taylor Bruno ’16 (Psychology), Rhianna McChesney ’16 (Education & English), Molly Sabolsky ’14 (Nursing) and Maggie Stark ’14 (Art). Joining them is Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer ’03, Director of Alumnae Relations & Development Specialist.

You’re invited to join Ursuline College at the Panini’s in Chagrin Falls on Tuesday, December 17 from 6 to 8PM  to help raise money in support of the students’ trip to Malawi. The cost is $25 per person and the fee includes entrance, pizza, chicken fingers, pop and Heineken 50/50 Raffle and Silent Auction.

To purchase tickets, visit ursuline.edu/help or call 440.646.8375.

Stay tuned for Q&As with all of the Malawi travelers!

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